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The 2006 Year in Review for DITA

by Don Day, Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
IBM Lead DITA Architect

The OASIS DITA standard:
The current standard is at DITA 1.0.  During 2006, committee work was focused on developing the proposed DITA 1.1 features (see "Roadmap for DITA development" at http://wiki.oasis-open.org/dita/Roadmap_for_DITA_development). Just last month, the committee released a Public Review draft for DITA 1.1, which is expected to be approved later this year.

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How important is reuse in your decision to use DITA?

Extremely significant
91% (21 votes)
Somewhat important
9% (2 votes)
Not at all
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 23

Tutorial: Specializing DITA Conditional Attributes

by W. Eliot Kimber

A new feature in DITA 1.1 is the ability to specialize from the base= and props= attributes. For conditional processing, this lets you add your own attributes rather than using otherprops=, which can be clearer to authors and implementors. Note that at the time of writing the DITA Open Toolkit does not implement support for specializations of props=, but it should be added soon.

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DocZone.com® Opens Second Data Center in Dallas to Accommodate Growing Customer Demand

March 14, 2007 – Bedford, NH – DocZone.com® (www.doczone.com) today announced the addition of a second data center in Dallas to accommodate the growing number of DocZone customers located in North America. This data center is already operational and in use by several DocZone.com clients, including Agfa Healthcare and Dominion. DocZone.com also has a data center located in Amsterdam for European customers.

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DITA - The mechanics of a single sourcing project

The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is an XML-based, end-to-end architecture for authoring, producing, and delivering technical information.

This paper describes how DITA-based documentation was implemented at CEDROM-SNi, one of Canada's leading on-line news content aggregators. The project delivers documentation as diverse as user training materials and Web Services reference guides targeted to programmers. We focus on the benefits, how tos, and lessons learned.

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